Author: Ben Macallan
Publisher: Solaris Books
Price: £7.99 (Paperback)
Page count: 336pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Desi (Desdaemona) is sexy, sassy, kick ass and pretty much every young teenage boy’s dream. She has the kind of body mere mortals would envy and in the case of young runaway Jordan, lust after. So it’s as a pretty difficult task for Jordan (who spends his time tracking down lost children and returning them to their parents for a fee) to refuse the job of tracking down Desi’s missing sister Fay.
There are only a couple of complications; Desi is a daemon (half demon half human) and Fay is being hunted by one of the most frightening and infamous demon families around; all good reasons for Jordan to run and hide. Yet if he had hidden, we would have a far less entertaining jaunt through Macallan’s world.
On their hunt for the missing girl, Jordan and Desi experience a whole host of challenges and new experiences, including a visit to Saloman’s, a club in the heart of London where Drag Queens mingle with Demons, Wicca’s and all manner of supernatural creatures and the truth rises as all masks fall.
I have no doubt, particularly given the ending, that there will be a follow up to this novel. Not in the least because it ends with a cliff hanger. But that isn’t the main reason. Apart from plenty of shocks and incredibly strong main characters in both Jordan and Desi, sharp humour abounds in this book and brings it to a whole new dimension of Urban Fantasy. On the hunt for a vampire’s nest we are reliably informed that it’s “always worth looking at the town council”.
Witty, intelligent and fast-paced, Desdaemona is positively the most fun read I have had in a very long time.
If you want to know more about Macallan’s (Chaz Brenchley’s) latest projects take a look at his website Chaz Brenchley.